In just a few years time, the mobile industry has seen the number of cellular subscribers rise to more than 1.62 Billion worldwide and over 200 million across the United States alone. From this number, it is estimated that more than 125 million Bluetooth enabled devices in the US are in use. Because the Legit Reviews community is made up of on-the-go hardware enthusiasts –many using not only the latest in computers, but also the latest in mobile devices – we have been consistently trying to keep the readers up-to-date and expose them with insight and reviews on the latest Bluetooth headset devices and technology to hit the market.
We like to separate the headsets that we review under two distinct categories: Headsets that have active noise cancellation and those that are passive. One can determine how much you will be spending if you just answer the very basic question of, “Do I absolutely need a headset to work flawlessly in a very noisy environment?” For many, the answer is no, and they can purchase one of the many passive noise-cancelling headsets on the market for under $50 and be content and happy. For those of us who need a headset to block out noisy backgrounds while engaging in conversation on the phone, the choices get more exclusive and the prices get more expensive. Typically, a good performing noise-cancelling headset will cost $100 or more.
In the past, we have seen some noise-cancelling headsets that have performed beautifully in some very harsh environments. Our favorite noise cancelling performers have been (not necessarily in order) the Qstik EVOQ, BlueAnt’s Z9, and Gennum’s nX6000. These headsets not only set the standard for others with their superb noise cancellation, but are comfortable to wear for long periods of time
Today we will take a close look at Aliph’s Jawbone Bluetooth Headset, a set that has been called one of the best overall headsets on the market. This is Aliph’s second generation Jawbone that has been available for several months now. Aliph has developed a new partnership with both Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless which makes the Jawbone easy to find at most stores and online for around $120. It is ‘basic’ over-the-ear type headset that features a Voice Activity Sensor; multiple microphones for noise cancellation and voice enhancement; and a Aliph-designed noise shielding DSP.
Aliph has been a developer of advanced audio-and speech technologies products since it was founded in 1999. The founders, who met as Stanford University undergrads, enlisted technical help from experts at Apple Computer, Palm, and Motorola. The intelligent devices for mobile phone and VoIP that Alph have produced thus far have been technically superior to most all mobile communication devices on the market today.
The Jawbone Bluetooth headset that we are looking at today is Aliph’s third release (after the Jawbone original and the Skype Jawbone). The Jawbone contains a whole array of sensors to detect the user’s speech allowing the speaker drivers to adjust for background noise as well as isolating your voice from noise for superb noise canceling in any environment. This entire process is done with proprietary DSP-based embedded software that analyzes sound at a rate of 380 times a second.